Even those who are not behind the wheel for the first time, do not always know about the subtleties and nuances that make automotive life easier.
Cars News 4u tells you about how to feel comfortable on the road, learn to avoid dangerous situations and become a safe driver.
12. Check if the mirror is adjusted correctly
If the side mirrors are adjusted incorrectly, then part of the road will be a blind spot, which, as the name implies, you will not be able to see and therefore will not be able to notice a car in the neighboring lane. So that this point does not exist, adjust the side mirrors in such a way that your car is not visible in them , or that it is visible only a little. To check whether or not there is a blind spot, move the car slowly into reverse near another car that is stationary, looking at the side mirror. As soon as this vehicle has disappeared from view, you should be able to see it in the rear view mirror. The rear view mirror is configured in such a way that the car’s rear window can be fully seen in it. When you have adjusted the mirrors, take the position in which you frequently sit behind the wheel.
11. Learn to feel where the tires are
To learn how to avoid potholes in the road and not scratch the wheels when parking near the curb, you need to learn to feel where the car’s tires are located. For this, take an empty plastic bottle, crush it with your legs and place it on the pavement. Practice going over it with the front left and right tire . Open the window to hear the bottle creak.
10. Park orient yourself with the window and mirror
If you park in front of the curb, stop as soon as you see the curb under the side mirror. The distance to the sidewalk will be minimal and you will not scratch your car.
If you park on the parallel side of the curb, you need to be careful not to scratch the wheels or caps of the car. Tape a piece of colored tape under the windshield. As soon as the curb line meets the mark, stop . If you are going to park parallel to the curb, it is better to do it in reverse, so the curb will be visible in the side mirrors and you will not hit close to it.
9. After entering a puddle dry the brakes
In the face of any puddle, even the smallest one brakes slightly and then moves smoothly without maneuvering, accelerating or braking completely. At a high speed, the water can reach the starting system and the car will stop. In addition to this, you can start hydroplaning , in which the traction on the road disappears and the car slides through the water.
When getting out of a big puddle, do not turn off the engine, do not brake, do not accelerate and the main thing, dry the brakes: at a moderate speed, press the brake several times . Due to friction, the brake linings heat up and the water evaporates.
8. Watch the maneuvers of the large vehicles in front of you
Along the way look not only at the cars in front of you, but also those ahead. Keep an eye on large vehicles (trucks, buses), their drivers see the road situation better. If they simultaneously begin to avoid a lane, an accident or other obstruction has probably occurred there and it is better to change lanes beforehand.
7. If the engine won’t start, turn on the high beams
Sometimes in cold seasons the engine won’t start the first time. Before starting, warm up the battery by turning on the light, radio, or flashing lights for a minute.
6. At night, lower the rear view mirror
Not everyone knows that standard mirrors have 2 modes: one for the day and the other for the night. So that the look coming from the back of the car does not bother you, pull the lever under the mirror and it will change its inclination.
5. Turn on the air conditioning
Even if you don’t use the air conditioner, for example in the cold season, turn it on regularly for a short period. Otherwise, the coolant will start to flow out and the tubes will dry out.
4. Use the parking brake regularly
Even if you don’t park your car on a slope, use the parking brake regularly to keep it functional. Except for severe frosts: in such weather it is better not to use the handbrake so as not to freeze the brake pads.
3. If the car in the next lane stops, so do you
If you see that the car in the lane in front of you begins to brake, even if it seems to you that there is no obstacle, it begins to brake, possibly the other driver is giving way to a pedestrian or an animal that crosses the road.
2. Don’t fall for the illusions of slow speed
On a straight road, the speed seems to be half of what it actually is. If after part of the straight road you turn at insufficient speed, the car may skid.
1. Don’t spin your tires ahead of time when waiting in line to turn left
If you need to turn left and you are going to yield to the car that you came across, don’t rush to turn the car’s wheels, this is dangerous. They must be straight. If you are hit by another car from behind, having the tires on the side you can end up directly to the lane next to you, where you will not be able to avoid a collision with other vehicles.